Human Resources and Skills Development Canada



Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 01, 2013 13:00 ET

Harper Government Encourages Employers to Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Funding

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2013) - Employers can now apply for Canada Summer Jobs funding which will create thousands of job opportunities for students across the country, today announced the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Through Canada Summer Jobs, we're helping to create up to 36 000 jobs for students," said Minister Finley. "This program helps students gain work experience, links employers with enthusiastic workers for the summer and spurs job creation and economic growth. It's a win-win-win that we're happy to support."

Funding will be available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses. Young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students and intend to return to school next year can qualify for these job opportunities.

The Government of Canada continues to invest in youth to help them gain tangible skills and job experience while earning money for the next school year. Canada Summer Jobs provides $107.5 million annually across all 308 federal constituencies to create student employment.

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government's Youth Employment Strategy, which helps young people get the skills and work experience they need to make a successful transition to the workplace.

Canada Summer Jobs applications are now available online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013 and at Service Canada Centres. Applications must be submitted between February 1 and February 28, 2013.

To help employers complete their application, the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide is available online, by calling 1-800-935-5555, or by visiting any Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

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Backgrounder

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to help create summer job opportunities for students.

Not-for-profit employers are eligible for up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible for up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.

Interested employers can apply online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013.

Completed applications may be submitted using one of the following methods:

  • Online: Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2013, 23:59 Pacific Time. Applying online is quick and easy.
  • In person: Applications must be received before the closing time of the local Service Canada Centre on February 28, 2013.
  • By mail: Applications must be postmarked on or before February 28, 2013.
  • By fax: Applications must be faxed to a Service Canada Centre by February 28, 2013, 23:59 local time.

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). YES is the Government of Canada's commitment to helping youth make a successful transition to the workplace. With an annual budget of nearly $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.

Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.

To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, visit youth.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559